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Operations later in week 'more risky'

People who have surgery towards the end of the week are more likely to die than those who have procedures earlier on, researchers say.

A British Medical Journal report into non-emergency operations in England, suggests the overall risk of death from such planned procedures remains low.

But it shows "unacceptable" variation in survival rates through the week, a leading body of UK surgeons says.

The government says it is committed to safe care for patients at all times.

Dominic Hughes reports.

  • 29 May 2013
  • From the section Health
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